We get old. It’s a fact. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t slow down and conceal the physical signs of aging.
While your skin may not look as young in your 40’s as it did in your 20’s, developing a skincare routine by using products that have high quality anti-aging ingredients and also developing a healthy lifestyle, can help you look younger than you actually are.
Let’s break down just how to do that!
What ingredients should you keep an eye for?
Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid
Retinol is an ingredient that increases your skin’s collagen level and this makes it easier for the skin to absorb moisture - slowing down the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid essentially does the same thing - it acts as a humectant which helps your skin retain moisture, hydrating the outer layers of your skin.
With these ingredients, you’re making it easy for your skin to be hydrated, protecting it from struggling with dehydration - this makes your skin look plumper and younger.
You should also:
Use Exfoliate and SPF
Exfoliating is really good at getting rid of dead skin cells and other unwanted dirt from the outer layer of your skin. By doing this step your skin should look more clean, improving its appearance. Important note though - only exfoliate once or twice a week. Less is more here. Over exfoliation will harm your skin.
With sunscreen though, apply this everyday, multiple times a day. As we all know SPF protects your skin from sun damage which includes loss of elasticity on your skin, allowing those lines and wrinkles to form. So wear your sunscreen and reapply as necessary, to avoid premature aging.
Aside from skincare, you may have to adjust your lifestyle too.
Hydrate! As in, drink your water. Despite having to apply topical hydration products, you should definitely still make sure you’re drinking a good amount of water. This can be in the form of water, sparkling water, juicy fruits or tea. Green tea, in particular, helps with the appearance of your skin due to its antioxidant properties.
Eat healthy! Leafy greens, vegetables with a variety of colours and some fruit should be at least half of every meal. Obviously don’t deprive yourself of junk food because let’s be honest, junk food is comforting but make sure you're not over indulging either!
Now, you find yourself doing all of these… don’t expect to magically erase your wrinkles and gain elasticity or remove any other skin aging issues! The results from this routine takes time and consistency.